Rashomon (1950)

Cinema Classics Seminar: Rashomon

Kurosawa: What is Truth? What is Honor?
Thursday, August 9, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Paul Wright, Ph.D., Department of English, Cabrini University
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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Kurosawa has said of perhaps his most famous film, Rashomon (1950), that the story on which it is based “goes into the depths of the human heart as if with a surgeon’s scalpel, laying bare its dark complexities and bizarre twists.” A tale of a brutal (yet hotly disputed) rape and murder in the wild, the film explores the conflicting and self-serving memories of participants and witnesses alike—to the point where the boundaries between truth and reinvention blur.

Rashomon represented a watershed moment in global cinema. Its critical and commercial success trumpeted the arrival of Japanese cinema on the world stage as a major creative force to rival those of Western Europe. Released a mere five years after the conclusion of World War II, which saw Occupied Japan humiliated, in ruins, and administered by General Douglas MacArthur, Rashomon heralded the nation’s return to the company of its former enemies as an emerging stakeholder in a globalizing culture industry. Over the decades, Rashomon has inspired everything from a 1959 Broadway play, to a 1964 western (Martin Ritt’s The Outrage), to a 1996 opera. For years, psychologists have spoken of the “Rashomon Effect” when discussing the subjectivity and fallibility of perception and memory. The legacy of the film is rich and complex, and it will be as much a subject of discussion as Rashomon itself. Join us for a lively exploration of the enduring achievements of this film.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.
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  • Thursday, August 9
    6:30pm 2018-08-09 18:30:00 2018-08-09 21:30:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: Rashomon Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA